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Beale & Company Solicitors LLP
United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates > Construction Tier 2

Beale & Company Solicitors LLP is a specialist construction law firm with a team of 'experienced' construction arbitration lawyers that deliver 'timely, pragmatic and robust advice'. The practice has a broad range of expertise and advises on international arbitration and front-end aspects of construction and engineering projects. Managing partner Claire Miller is a 'commercially sound and robust lawyer' and specialises in construction and insurance disputes. Lyndon Richards has extensive experience drafting and negotiating contracts for a wide variety of construction and infrastructure projects. Sadaff Habib, Jeremy Russell and Nadia Paliwalla are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Claire Miller


‘They consistently churn out high-quality advice no matter how tight a deadline we give them. They often operate as an extension of our in-house legal department and have taken the time to get to know our company’s management and project teams, and how we operate as a business, to better support us as a business. No other legal practice have been as engaged with our business.’

‘Beale & Co understands the pressures in-house counsel are under and never fail to deliver timely, pragmatic and robust advice making the life of in-house counsel much easier.’

‘Claire Miller is a clever and strategic lawyer. Her responsiveness and knowledge makes it difficult to instruct other lawyers. Her management of complex construction disputes is second to none. Claire is all over the details of every dispute and claim she is instructed on and effortlessly manages to keep on top of external third-party experts assisting in those claims. Claire is a commercially sound and robust lawyer that does not ‘sit on the fence’ and works tirelessly to problem-solve and to protect her client’s interests.’

Lyndon Richard’s hiring has strengthened the team further and we have been impressed with his ability to quickly get on top of very complex and technical issues.’

Claire and Lyndon are supported by an experienced and savvy team of associates. Jeremy Russell, in particular, is a talented associate who is both knowledgeable and commercial. Sadaff Habib stands out for her responsiveness and case management.’

‘Simply a great team to work with: smart as they come but at the same time the whole team are friendly and relaxed. Nothing is ever too much trouble and everything is done with a smile.’

‘The team work hard to get the best result for their client. They manage the dispute process well and get the best out of the wider team including experts.’

‘Claire Miller stands out as one of the best lawyers in the UAE. She delivers excellent results for her clients. The recent addition of Lyndon Richards expands the team and is a great hire.’

Key clients

AECOM Middle East

Al Naboodah

ALEC Engineering & Contracting LLC

WS Atkins & Partners Middle East (part of SNC Lavalin)

Depa Group

Ireland > Construction Tier 3

The firm: The Beale & Company ethos is to deliver commercial and cost effective advice with a commitment that the needs of their clients come first – at every stage. The firm has a first-class reputation in advising on highly complex and technical matters in the fields of construction, engineering and infrastructure, insurance, the professions and technology. Established offices in London, Bristol, Dublin and Dubai cement the firm’s international capabilities across its practice areas. A dynamic approach to business, coupled with a sense of togetherness and integrity is valued by clients and staff alike.

Beale & Company (Middle East) is the first truly specialist construction law practice to set up in the UAE. Unlike many other firms which undertake construction legal services in the UAE, Beale & Company (Middle East) advise exclusively on construction and engineering matters. As a specialist construction and engineering practice, they have provided legal advice and assistance to clients in respect of some of the most iconic construction projects in the GCC.

Their team of partners and dedicated legal consultants in Dubai provide specialist legal services in relation to contract and project management, dispute avoidance, dispute resolution and international arbitration.

Areas of practice
International arbitration and construction disputes: the firm is well known in the industry for acting on behalf of claimants and defendants in high-value and often complex construction disputes in international arbitrations (including related ancillary proceedings), both institutional and ad hoc, including under the DIAC, ADCCAC, ICC, LCIA, AAA, SIAC, CRCICA, UNCITRAL and ICSID rules, expert determinations, mediations and international litigation. They are regularly instructed by contractors and developers on a wide range of construction-related disputes, particularly those involving delay, extensions of time, loss and / or expense (including prolongation and disruption costs), variations, suspension and termination, defective design and payment.

Construction and projects: the firm advises on all non-contentious aspects of construction, power and infrastructure projects including contract formation on both standard forms and bespoke contracts; tendering and procurement routes; challenges of procurement awards; joint venture agreements and purchase agreements. They assist clients on transactions procured in a variety of methods, including traditional, PPP, and increasingly using innovative methods such as partnering and alliancing. They also advise on project/contractual issues during project delivery, including variations, interim payment and final account applications.

International arbitration and construction and disputes Claire Miller
Construction and projects Lyndon Richards
Number of lawyers : 5
Number of partners : 2
Contacts : Claire Miller (managing partner)
Other offices : Bristol
Other offices : London
Other offices : Dublin